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Low Carb Recipes for IBS

IBS Friendly Versions of Favorite Foods


Updated August 13, 2012

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Welcome to a treasure trove of low carb recipes for IBS! All of these recipes are provided by our About.com Guide to Low Carb Diets. You will find delicious main meals, healthy vegetable sides, nutritious breakfast ideas and comforting soups. All recipes have been selected for their IBS-friendly ingredients and preparation.

Although I have heard lots of tales from people who tried a low-carb diet and were surprised to find that their IBS symptoms were eased, there is not a lot of research on the subject. One very small study assessed the effect of a low carb (20 grams a day) on a group of 13 diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-D) patients. Although we cannot draw any firm conclusions from such a small group, the results indicated that for these individuals, there was improvement in terms of decreased stool frequency, increased stool consistency, lessening of abdominal pain, and improved quality of life.

A low carb diet may also ease digestive symptoms if you suffer from sugar intolerance. Be sure to check with your doctor before making any significant dietary changes.

Even if you do not follow a low carb diet, your inner cook will be inspired by these delicious, easy on the digestive system recipes!


Austin, G., et.al. “A Very Low-carbohydrate Diet Improves Symptoms and Quality of Life in Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome.Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2009 Articles in Press:March.

Heizer, W., Southern, S. & McGovern, S. "The Role of Diet in Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults: A Narrative Review" The Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2009 109:1204-1214.

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